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we have delayed today's confirmation of john brennan as the next cia director but the white house has responded to his repeated questions about domestic drone strikes. plus the wealth divide between whites and african-americans in the u.s. isn't just a growing it has tripled in size in the last twenty five years we'll tell you what's causing this deep racial divide and when it comes to cyber security it seems hackers are always one of one step ahead of the game next we'll reveal the top four techniques used to attack websites and we'll bring you the latest developments in the tech world. it's thursday march seventh five pm here in washington d.c. i'm liz wall and you're watching our t.v. well john brennan has been confirmed as the next director of the cia just out over an hour ago u.s. senators cast their votes on the senate floor brenna received sixty three yes votes
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and thirty four no votes and to no one's surprise kentucky senator rand paul was among those no votes today as senate confirmation of brennan confirms our comes after senator paul's historic filibuster it ended at twelve forty this morning after the senator talked and talked for almost thirteen hours here's some highlights a rise today to begin to filibuster john brennan's nomination for the cia. tom in-breath the most roads already drawn i just got started. you know sitting out on the sidewalk cafe smoking of cigarettes. we want should plan on coming tomorrow we're through for the night. which had previously brought a challenge in federal court. i'm disappointed that the democrats choose not to vote on this. i am reminded
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of henry the fifth. and let me just begin by quoting a modern day poet named as wiz khalifa discover that there are so many limits to filibustering and i'm going to have to take care of one of those and. i thank you very much for the forbearance and i yield the floor well from the very beginning he said that he would speak until he could speak no more and as you can see that is exactly what he did the old fashioned filibuster was aimed at blocking the nomination of john brennan as head of the cia well now that senator paul has people talking what happens next are to correspondent margaret howell join me earlier to discuss. certainly has been some fallout from senator paul's filibuster or members of his own party aren't taking to crime leads to it so what he what he has been deemed you know his behavior and the filibuster even john mccain calling
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it an offensive and insulting behavior senator lindsey graham of course that is not too pleased about his actions as well. so you know it has been a mixed bag of opinion all right you know you mentioned mccain let's take a listen we have a clip of what he said today in response to senator paul's performance let's take a listen. is there any way that the president and states could just randomly attack with a drone or a hellfire missile someone without that person being designated a enemy combatant but to my republican colleagues i don't remember any of you coming down here suggesting that president bush was going to kill anybody would grow. so there are some of his critics but margaret he's not there are some people that are hailing senator paul's performance. that is
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certainly correct members of his own party marco rubio senator cruz of course who was with him last night. definitely members of his own party rallying around him people are saying that he's breathing new life into the g.o.p. and certainly we will see more coming from senator paul who will in the future some are saying even that this may be a part a possible bid for twenty sixteen run and we are definitely seeing people rally around him and for. today he did get a response attorney general eric holder provided this response he said quote it has come to my attention that you have now asked an additional question does the president have the authority to use a weaponized drones to kill an american not engaged in combat on american soil the answer to that question is no so margaret he finally got an answer what can we make
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of this. right right we know it definitely came at a very late hour it wasn't forthcoming was something that we can see you know forty three words long this was certainly not a long response when it counted but it. did help this is a victory he did come out saying that this was a victory for the american people that the white house was able to confirm that you know drones are not allowed to kill american citizens on u.s. soil so certainly a victory. definitely paul himself admitted that he doesn't have enough votes to block brennan's nomination that certainly proved true just a few moments ago brennan rise in fact nominated so now that this is all said and done i guess the question is is what now what exactly has he accomplished. you know he's accomplished a lot of things you know some senator paul a very good speaker he's able to rally people around him in his own party you know
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definitely bringing light to the issues of civil liberties a greater issue besides the drone attacks which he was able to do you know pin code and even the a.c.l.u. came out in support of rand paul which is something that you don't see every day those two organizations coming out to support a g.o.p. senator like this also certainly a lot of the ability for his actions and definitely definitely able to rally support for this cause and make this issue known which he will say but what he was able to do pretty effectively and certainly a diverse group of people that he's won the backing up you know we saw i mean i was watching it as kind of glued to the t.v. watching this and we saw this whole thing blow up on twitter as this kind of old fashioned tactic of of this talking filibuster enhanced by new technology. you know absolutely before her you know that and also caution filibuster
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a tactic that's been used for a very very long time it's a very powerful tactic but never have we really seen twitter being rat on the floor i know senator cruz was was helping rand paul in effect by reading some of those twitter twitter hash tag responses and supporter of rand paul on the senate floor as he was filibustering and we haven't seen that before we really you know something new to this whole a mixture of this whole debate and definitely something that we may we may be seeing in the future margaret thank you that was our t. correspondent margaret howell. a lot of iraq where there is a struggle to pick up the pieces after the war that ravaged the country is a war that cost a lot of lives and a lot of money now and a report says much of the tens of billions of taxpayer dollars the u.s. spent on rebuilding the country went down the drain and the report called learning from iraq the special inspector general for iraq reconstruction stuart bowen details how the sixty billion dollars the u.s.
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spent to rebuild the country went to waste some projects that the u.s. started but never finished a forty million dollars prison one hundred a million dollar waste water treatment center and seventy five million dollars pipeline and that is just to name a few so as a country remains an embittered debate over how to curb government waste how much was so how was so much away fabled to happen overseas to discuss former senator mike gravelle joined me earlier by phone and began by explaining that this report shouldn't come as a surprise. harken back when we followed the iraq war these were reports that were getting all along that or they were building this but it didn't take place in the in the corruption that went into the. billions of dollars so what this report is for the mission of the tip of the
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iceberg of what really happened with our presence in iraq and the fact that we had to buy off all of these iraq the leaders of my key fact it was it was reported continually during the entire iraq war when my mom when he was a charge that his government was unbelievably corrupt now does it come as any surprise that right now we're told they're well they can identify a billion dollars that is the tip of the iceberg that they can't begin to identify and at the level of weight. this is appalling i mean we just point out a few specifics there some of these projects that were just abandoned how did that happen that these multi-million dollar projects just started and eventually lead to nowhere well what happens is you get a contractor an american contractor. signs that he's going to build a specific altie he then contracts with subcontractors of the local they pay
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people off and they get it going to a degree but then everybody loses interest and they pocket the money no it's not only the corruption within iraq it's the corruption of american contractors working with the iraqis when they know that the facility is not going to be built and the money is just going for payoffs payouts for american contractors and payoffs for iraq is so contractors so essentially what you're saying is the project don't get done but people are still profiting. profiting when you when you stop and think of all of these mansions that are being built in abu dhabi these are people in iraq who made fortunes and take their money over dobby dobby and build themselves a mansion. and then we and we the american taxpayer who
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really make sacrifices to make these payments to the department of defense that then absconds with the money through subcontracts. here i think the best lesson of all is to realize that the defense department is not audit a poll that means you can't begin to even trace the monies that go into the defense department it's accepted that it's not on a dimple and so it's like flushing money down a hole yeah i mean. my next question to you is going to be how does this happen is there recklessness is it lack of oversight but you're saying there they're not able to be audited so it looks like lack of oversight is a huge problem there all of the above all of the above and when you when you see this these. alligator tears about all would disagree western is going to cut the defense budget the defense budget has been out of hand since the korean
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war. and there's just no limit to it and so what happens with the conservative community that they never question the appropriations whatever the defense community wants they pay for and then of course you have to go to war to expend these munitions and then you see what happened in iraq and now what they talking about trying to gin up a war with iran i mean this is a sick sick situation where half the the budget of. is is is is probably not proper not proper and since you can audit it you have no way of determining what is well spent and what is not well spent it is just wasted on a colossal level i want to ask you because we're seeing in this report very eye opening about where attack pump air money when or where it didn't go what happened
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over there in iraq but i guess it kind of raising questions over the future afghanistan the troops as opposed to be out of there by two thousand and fourteen the u.s. reportedly has spent ninety billion dollars on reconstruction over there thought with it likely that a lot of the funding will go go to waste to will this all going to depend upon how harmoniously we close it out as you know in iraq. we did not want to or the iraqis did not want to sign a status of forces agreement which would permit them to prosecute americans soldiers if they did wrong and so now that issue is coming to the fore in afghanistan is afghanistan going to permit a status of forces agreement meaning that we live we leave five ten thousand troops there will they be subject to afghan laws if they do wrong and this
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is a problem we have throughout the world we are an empire and we've got more than seven hundred bases and so wherever we put american soldiers those american soldiers are not accountable to the local laws of that particular country and so we we solve that problem with the status force that is of forces agreement which many many countries now are wise to because it gives a free ride to the criminality that exist within the american forces abroad and so now what happened that again is then we're going to wait and see what happens with a status of forces agreement. but the level of afghanistan is corruption is no different than the level of corruption that we saw in in iraq and now we we have a situation where they kept saying oh we're staying in afghanistan because we need to train the afghanis soldiers well then what we are finding was the afghanis soldiers were killing the trainers americans and so what we did is we stopped that
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program so we have no program at all in afghanistan right today we could leave tomorrow and it wouldn't make a difference in afghanistan now all of the equipment that we have there has to be brought out through karate the port of karachi and this is going to pose some interesting problems because of the problems that we have with the drones in afghanistan in pakistan and so. here what you see is this report which is. somebody within the department of defense decided they would tell the truth about something normally you don't see these reports they're hidden covered over by the generals and of course that's what the whole bradley manning the it was about he saw things that the american people should learn and certainly a very eye opening report of mr gravel sorry that we do have to cut it off there
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but that was the former alaskan senator mike gravel all turning out to the crisis in the united nations twenty one u.n. peacekeepers have been kidnapped and are being held in syria artie's polyfill here has more on the demands being made by the rebel captors. twenty one you in personnel on armed they're all from the philippines and we've heard from the philippine foreign office who has demanded their immediate would be the philippine government says that they are being treated well that negotiations are underway to try and secure the release of the militants are admitting that they took these u.n. personnel to try and prevent an attack by assad loyalists in other words what was seen as actually the rebel forces are using the u. n. teams as human shields now the un has of course condemned this action we've heard criticism particularly from moscow at the united nations there is no reason at all
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under any circumstances any kind of a sick imagination to drive to harm harm those people so clearly gross disrespect for united nations gross disrespect of the international norms of behavior now the united nations is currently also involved in the go shooting their immediate release according to the united nations it's team were on a regular mission in the area we're talking about an area not far from the israeli syrian border that happened earlier on wednesday when they were taken hostage those are the correspondent policy or the u.n. is also tackling north korea the u.n. security council has adopted a resolution expanding sanctions against the country it was drafted by the u.s. and china and there's a response appealing and third nuclear test parties on the saucy a chair going to have the details from new york. the fifteen member united nations security council presided this month by russia has adopted a new sanctions resolution against north korea and response to
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a third nuclear test conducted by pyongyang on february twelfth in defiance of existing united nations security council resolutions which basically bad any kind of nuclear testing by north korea and this latest resolution was drafted by the united states and china during three weeks of negotiations and adopted this thursday unanimously by the security council what this latest new resolution calls for is an implementation of tighter restrictions on north korea including making it tougher for north korean officials to be able to carry around bokes of cash in suitcases it basically also calls for a ban on the shipping and receiving of banned cargo by and by north korea and also calls for states to deny aircraft over their territories if it is suspected that a specific aircraft might be carrying bad cargo another thing that this resolution doesn't specifies a ban on the import of certain luxury goods by north korean officials such as
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yachts and expensive cars and high and jewelry the united states of course has said that these sanctions will bite north korea hard to give you a more general idea of what this resolution is all about what it basically does is condemns this latest nuclear test as well as any other nuclear activities conducted by north korea including uranium enrichment it also bans any further nuclear tests and calls upon north korea to return to the nuclear nonproliferation treaty and most importantly the security council in this text calls for north korea to return to six party negotiations and this is something that has been reiterated several times earlier today now in terms of north korean reactions we have to say of course that north korea has said in a waiting for this resolution to be adopted that it would as a threat for this resolution. basically cancel the existing ceasefire of one nine hundred fifty three which put an end to the korean war this thursday north korean officials have threatened with
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a preemptive nuclear launch if young yang were to be attacked by another country and this is of course a hint at the united states because this week the u.s. has kickstarted joint military drills with south korea on the border between the two koreas something that pyongyang has dubbed an open declaration of war and we have to mention that analysts of course are saying that north korea is actually far from a while from having the technology to be able to set up and aim a nuclear weapon at a specific target but was of the biggest concern here is of course this provocative language that's dangerous in the united nations security council today a point reiterated several times by russia hopes to achieve is basically for north korea to return to six party negotiations with this latest push of this new resolution from the security council and. new york. well the economy is on the mind of every american these days from the rising cost of living to suffering
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unemployment rates many across the country are feeling the pinch however are can give you no good shows is how upward mobility in the u.s. may be more closely aligned with the race than previously thought. we hold these truths to be self-evident that all men are created equal we sometimes forget what racial equality means in the united states we can drink from the same drinking fountains and eat at the same restaurants but that doesn't mean that racial equality exists. just look at this part of southeast d.c. minutes from the nation's capital the impoverished district is ninety seven percent african-american. it's filled with boarded up houses and families that struggle from day to day i would like some might help like you know a lot of people that's really having problems like. it's kind of hard for us in this community there is a growing divide in wealth between whites and blacks one that's one hundred fifty
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two thousand dollars wide brandeis university just released a study showing that the wealth gap between african-americans and whites has tripled in twenty five years some years ago. this study was that average high school graduate made the same as average joe white black college graduate so when i read the at the new stated mandates that he was this nothing surprising to me the study was based on seventeen hundred households of working age between one thousand nine hundred eighty four and two thousand and nine in just twenty five years the wealth gap between white and black families tripled from eighty five thousand dollars to a staggering two hundred thirty six thousand five hundred dollars after american a washing machine you know the schools deteriorate they've seen the housing markets are deteriorating so black solution that blacks moving out of these are all made. in the u. . west one percent of households own thirty seven percent of all wealth giving towns like this one in fairfax virginia
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a new definition of what it means to be wealthy and privileged i don't think the president saying a black person in america i don't think it's a thing about and that it probably didn't surprise many whites as you were as you might imagine you know and then don't talk about this a long time ago and he said in very simple words in one hundred five would howl university says that you can ask a man with them you look it's up with the man with the caterpillar and i often use that with my students and they don't know and they think it appears i mean word but kept it i mean direct and so you can't you know if the man was starting a woman starting at thirty days to catch up with someone who started seventy the study shows that where we live where we learn and where we work all seem to widen the wealth gap between whites and african-americans plan to get killed just like the. death of a nice kid changes and there's no better place to see the striking inequalities between race and wealth than the d.c. metro area
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a place where freedom reigns and equality looks good on paper but it's actually much different in practice in washington d.c. i'm god you know that i r.t. . now at the latest developments in the tech world the white house is now coming forward saying it supports the right for people to unlock their phones and speaking of phone smartphones are getting so smart they can read your eye is samsung's new galaxy smartphone reportedly has a new i scrolling feature that can track users eyes so it knows where to scroll and facebook is at it again revamping its social site the social media giant is unveiling its news feed to talk all things tech now brian doogan technologist at the new america foundation and right radio from the competitive as their prize institute joins us now welcome gentlemen so brian i also are with your late january unlocking cell phones to make them available across multiple carriers and that became a legal and this is under the digital millennium copyright law and this outraged
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a lot of people what was the controversy about there so the digital millennium copyright act was and was a law that was passed in one thousand nine hundred nine that was designed to protect copyright or protect the locks on copyright the digital locks on copyright the digital rights management or d r m and the law apply that logic to a zillion things the devices used and one of those things that got swept under the rug was the lock that allows mobile operators to have a mobile phone strictly tied to their service and no one else's service now since the the the intent of the doubling copyright act is to protect copyright there's a huge question about how much walking a cell phone to a specific carrier service actually protects the copyright me intellectual property that the mobile operator may or may not have so right you know there's a lot of talk about the laws being antiquated laws that no longer reflect the times
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so do you think this is an example of one of those laws that are kind of out of touch with the current state of technology. i do i and in fact it's unclear whether this law to the extent that it applies to cell phones was ever a wise idea even when it was passed the notion that we need a federal law with very strict civil and criminal penalties in the context of cell phone locking doesn't make sense people who get cell phones for a bargain price and in exchange are required to spend say two years on a single carrier rise in one thousand nine hundred so forth there is a penalty built into that contract if they all lock their phone to switch carriers early they pay what's called an early termination fee the longer they've been to the contract the lower the fee so there's a remedy for this phone walking whether it's a problem which it isn't always that already exists based on principles of contract law that we've had for generations i'm not sure the congress release foresaw that when it created the law i would apply it in the context of phone unlocking but now that the library of congress is really makes it illegal i'm glad that the white
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house and some in congress are looking to legislate a bill was introduced today by senators close which are leave blumenthal to address this problem i haven't seen the text but i'm hoping you'll take it in the right direction and then move on now to the samsung phone that is supposed to come out pretty soon it's got this new i scrolling feature supposedly the way it works is you look at the phone and it can tell what you're looking at and know how to scrawl is this the new big there. is this creep they are useful what do you think brian well it depends on who has control over the device and the devices that we get from mobile operators right now there's a huge trade off into the number of third parties that actually have control over these devices so realistically google sprint arisan. mobile they give you a device that for all intents and purposes they control so the device by itself is perfectly capable of doing this tracking it.


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